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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 8, 2009 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

The necrosis was prior to and the reason for the replacements. Apparently there are several causes for AVN - blood disorders, prolonged steroid use (A-Rod?), chemo or raditation treatments, heredidty - but I have none of them. Also, I was adopted so I have no idea about family medical history. There are people who just develop AVN - usually men between the ages of 30 and 50. I was 40 when diagnosed. Go figure?!?
All I can say at this point is that the left hip is great. No pain, good strength and range of motion. I just hope the right can eventually reach that point.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 8, 2009 10:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Home again home again jiggity-jig

Ah--duh; missed the date timeline there in the orig post which makes this clear. I recalled that you are a whippersnapper, so this makes sense, in that trivial fashion, BUT certainly a surprising development to start with that a 40 yr old shouldn't have to endure...I was exactly 40 when the deg disk disease took over, as I mentioned way back when we first exchanged biomedical factoids. The prostate at 48 was really piling on in my book, and then the need for knee replacement at 50 pretty well put me off any thoughts that this is an intelligently designed world...except for the obvious--designed to make me miserable on a physical level. But enough of the whining (I can related!)...

Dogs certainly are wonders when it comes to rehab. Our two were leary, though, with respect to the various tubes and such, and wouldn't lay down on the bed with me til I looked a little less bionic.

Oh, and I gotta tell you, my mom ALWAYS used the phrase in your subject line! You don't hear that too often these days.